Harrity, Peter J Jr.
Peter J. Harrity, Jr., 88, formerly of Fairfield, died unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA on Friday, January 27, 2017.
Pete was born in Worcester on August 15, 1928, the second son of Peter J. and Anne Egan Harrity.
He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He received his Master's Degree in 1955 from Worcester State Teachers College and in 1966 completed the Sixth Year Program in Professional Education at UConn.
Peter taught in Massachusetts before beginning in 1957 his 35 years of teaching in Fairfield. From 1957 to 1972, he taught English at Andrew Warde HS. He became a Housemaster at Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield in 1972, retiring in 1992. Pete was also a tennis coach at Andrew Warde and a tennis instructor during the summers for the Fairfield Board of Recreation. Peter returned to Worcester in 2007 to be closer to family.
He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers Raymond, Edward and James. Peter is survived by his loving wife Celine Donoghue Harrity and his five children: Marie C. Harrity and her husband Gary Smith of Parker, CO and their children Seamus and Devin Harrity; Peter F. Harrity and his wife Karen Felker Harrity of Scott, NY and their children Kelsey and Eamon Harrity; Mary Beth Harrity and her husband John Ferrarone of Worcester and their children Chloe and Evan Ferrarone; Barbara A. Harrity and her husband Edward Lindsey of Orono, ME and their children Emmett and Siobhan Harrity; Joseph N. and his wife Rebecca Smith Harrity of Troutdale, OR and their children Rowan, Finn and Brighid Harrity. Peter is survived by three great-grandchildren.
Peter is also survived by his brother Martin F. Harrity; his sister Anne Scott Harrity, both of Worcester, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral Mass will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter's name may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 551 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602, or Covenant House, Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900.
Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 30, 2017.